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Old 05-30-2012, 03:18 PM   #99
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I have a 2002 Pace with the 8.1L V8. I usually get about 6.9 MPG, towing my 01 Jeep Wrangler. I have gotten 8.1 mpg without the Jeep on the back. The 8.1 mpg was on my trip to Richmond Va down I95 to get the brake recall done. The 6.9 mpg was on my last trip to Lynchburg Va. for my daughters graduation. Rt 29 from Culpeper Va. to Lynchburg Va. is not very motor home friendly. There are several pretty good hills and a couple of small towns with their share of traffic lights.
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We had a 1988 17' Type B on a Ford chassis, 460 engine and TT towing package. Never got over 9 even after adding a Gear Vendors OD unit. It did cruise better with the OD but still no better mileage. Sure was quick compared to most 9,000# RV's though!
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:34 PM   #101
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2005 Beaver Patriot Thunder with 525 Cat, we are geeting 6MPG to 9MPG depending on speed, wind, hills. Diesel prices are coming down..thank goodness
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:47 PM   #102
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Last outing with our '89 Foretravel 36' Grand Villa with the 8.2 Detroit Diesel towing a '96 Geo Tracker got 11.94 MPG while having cruise set at 56 MPH. We tend to stay off main roads and travel the scenic routes where we can take our time.
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Old 05-30-2012, 05:31 PM   #103
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:16 AM   #104
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Setting aside that we make an Arab smile every time we pull up to a pump with the prices of gas today I keep a log. From day 1 to present every trip small and large is recorded in my log.

I start with the date and then I will put the activity IE January 8 2012 Took RV to get oil changed 3015.8 miles 30.6 hours on generator returned to storage added 5.7 gallons of fuel 3036.8 miles 30.6 hours on generator.


Fuel is one of the first things that tells you that you may or may not have a problem. When I first picked up my unit I was averaging 4.6 MPG and I was burning up radios. The manufacturer sent a technician from the factory who rewired my dash and now I am getting 9.2 MPG and my radio hasn't blown up yet.

Good fuel saving tips include properly inflated tires and cooling the coach with the generator while on long trips and not using the dash AC. Keeping your RV clean and your water tanks mostly empty is a must. At an average of 8lbs per gallon water adds up fast and in some coaches can be around 1200 LBS.

I have heard but I haven't yet tested the idea that switching your light bulbs from halogen to LED will reduce fuel consumption. I would expect that this would be minimal but I have been known to be wrong in the past just ask my wife.

These should work on most motor homes and hope this helps.

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Old 05-31-2012, 11:06 AM   #105
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Setting aside that we make an Arab smile every time we pull up to a pump with the prices of gas today I keep a log.
Really? No one from Canada or Venezuela?
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:10 AM   #106
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Or domestic refining companies? Or domestic companies that bought oil rights? Lots of people smile here in TX when fuel is high.


Seriously though - LED lights? The only difference here would be alternator draw to charge the coach batteries. Difference? Probably 5 amps... No way that makes a difference in fuel economy.

Interesting to me is that running the genset is more fuel efficient than running the dash AC (and associated engine AC compressor).
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:17 AM   #107
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I had the Titan out on a memorial day weekend trip, total of 240 round trip miles - the old dodge 440 averaged 5mpg.
I hope we all realize that at 5 mpg, we are burning a gallon every 5 minutes at highway speed... At about 6.5 mpg, I'm not doing too much better.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:18 AM   #108
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Not if the state has anything to say about it.. The Weights and Measures sticker should be on there and current for the year, if not, call and say so..

Being the consummate cynical skeptic I am, it seems a station bent on cheating would be able to, the day after the inspector leaves, adjust their pumps to cheat for another year, no?

I pumped 5.9 gallons (as indicated by the pump) into a 5 gallon plastic gas can last weekend. Made me go "Hmmmm...".

Not only that, but I fill my Tacoma there regularly. My scan gauge indicates I am getting 18.7MPG, whereas calculating it manually, I'm getting 17.6MPG.

Hmmmm....
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Being the consummate cynical skeptic I am, it seems a station bent on cheating would be able to, the day after the inspector leaves, adjust their pumps to cheat for another year, no?

I pumped 5.9 gallons (as indicated by the pump) into a 5 gallon plastic gas can last weekend. Made me go "Hmmmm...".

Not only that, but I fill my Tacoma there regularly. My scan gauge indicates I am getting 18.7MPG, whereas calculating it manually, I'm getting 17.6MPG.

Hmmmm....
I always get 6 gallons into 5 gallon can.. you're not suppose to fill them to the top

As for the cheating station, thats why you learned simple division in grade school
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Really? No one from Canada or Venezuela?
Okay we make the Canadians build a new hockey rink and Hugo gets another Chemo treatment while the Arab smiles...
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I hope we all realize that at 5 mpg, we are burning a gallon every 5 minutes at highway speed... At about 6.5 mpg, I'm not doing too much better.
"I feel your pain."

5.5 to 6.5 mpg is my average on a 2002 36' Gulf Stream. At the present prices in Southern Oregon my (rough) thinking is seventy five cents per mile just for fuel. The 1 mpg difference with/with out the Jeep Liberty hanging off the back end.

Last September was looking at a trip over to Yellowstone Park and did some quick calculations on driving distances (there/back/etc.) and best guess is it would cost between $1,700 to as much as $2,000 just for fuel.

End game is it would have been far less expensive just to drive over in the car and stay in hotel/motels even with the added cost of food, etc.
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Think of it this way the coach loses 8.5 LBS every 5 minutes. You should video tape it and send it to the television make a show on ultra fast weight loss!
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